There was a water main break in the vicinity of 111th Street and Broadway at around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning. “Department of Environmental Protection crews are responding to reports of a water condition at Broadway and 111th Street,” a DEP spokesperson emailed WSR. The NYPD reported that between 111th and 112th Streets is closed. The FDNY is on the scene and reports no injuries or evacuations. It’s the third major water main break in the neighborhood in a month.
Early in the morning the 110th Street 1 train station had stayed open — “The 110th street 1 station was open without water flowing in around 9am thanks to the entrance being slightly raised and higher than the street” wrote Nicholas. But once emergency workers arrived on the scene, traffic was diverted in both directions and there was no access to the 110th Street station. The city was telling people to avoid the area.
Parts of Broadway appeared to be severely damaged, as shown in this photo by Maria:
Yikes! This is not your average water main break. pic.twitter.com/Z5xJROpC64
— Maria (@mariajanelli) February 7, 2020
This is a developing story. We will report more details as they come.
Update, 11:19 a.m. — According to the DEP: “Water shut off at 10:10am. Leak stopped — water draining from roadway. All customers have water service. Excavation and repair work to begin. Southbound Broadway between 110 and 112 closed to traffic.
Update, 3:41 p.m. — “Broadway is now open to Northbound traffic. Southbound traffic, including the evening shuttle (Columbia U bus), is being detoured to RSD at 113th St. The 110th St. station is open.”